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Derek Fisher Pleads Not Guilty To DUI ... In L.A. Crash Case

7/19/2017 1:08 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Derek Fisher has pled not guilty to DUI charges stemming from his arrest in June ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported, the ex-NBA star was hit with two DUI charges after getting into a bad wreck on the 101 freeway in L.A. with his GF, Gloria Govan, who was riding shotgun.

Fun fact -- Fisher was driving a '15 white Cadillac Escalade that was registered to Matt Barnes.

There were no other cars involved in the crash and miraculously no one was injured.

Fisher wasn't present at court, but his lawyer appeared and entered the plea on DF's behalf. Fish is due back in court next month.

Venus Williams Attorneys Demand Her Phone Records In Wrongful Death Lawsuit

7/14/2017 3:22 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Venus Williams' phone records could be crucial in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against her ... or attorneys for the man who died in the accident think so, anyway.

According to docs, attorneys for Jerome Barson's estate have filed a request for documents from the tennis star. They want all bills for the month of the accident for any smartphones and devices Venus owns.

Sources connected to the case tell us Barson's team wants to make sure Venus was not talking, texting or using her phone in any way in the moments leading up to the June 9 accident win Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

In the surveillance video ... you can see Venus' left elbow resting on the door through an open window -- we've slowed it down, but it's still not clear if she's holding a phone.

The estate's attorney, Michael Steinger, is also requesting prescriptions for any medications Venus may have taken within 72 hours of the accident.

Police have already said drugs and alcohol did not play a role in the accident. They also say she was not distracted by her phone.

Rapper NBA YoungBoy Wrecked Lambo and Ran ... Claims Rental Car Co.

7/10/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

NBA YoungBoy destroyed a Lamborghini rental and ditched it ... a car he wasn't even supposed to be driving in the first place ... according to a new lawsuit.

Exotic Car Rental in Los Angeles claims the rapper crashed the 2016 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder on June 29 after speeding down a residential street ... then left it on the side of the road with severe damage and took off.

According to the docs, YoungBoy's agent actually rented the car on June 27 and agreed he'd be the only person to operate the Lambo and would be "personally liable for any and all damages."

Exotic Car Rental claims the car was totaled, with damages exceeding $350,000. They want YoungBoy and his agent to pay ... plus any additional costs related to the wreck-and-run.

Sources close to YoungBoy deny he had any involvement with the car accident and claim the Lambo was rented by a guy in his crew ... not his agent. We're told the reason the car was left behind is because there was an injury that required a ride to the hospital.

However, sources close to Exotic tell us the rapper was ID'd by an eyewitness on the scene.

Law enforcement is still investigating.

Toby Keith's Daughter Drunk Driver Nearly Killed Us

7/7/2017 3:11 PM PDT

Toby Keith's daughter says she and her family barely survived a horrific car crash with a drunk driver.

Krystal says it went down on the Fourth of July when she was driving with her husband, Andrew, and daughter, Hensley, to watch fireworks. A photo shows just how mangled her Mercedes SUV was left after what looks like a head-on collision. You can see the vehicle's airbags deployed.

As she put it ... "A drunk driver almost took the lives of my entire family. We all survived the wreck but it's gonna take some time to heal."

Krystal added, "Keep us in your prayers. Hug your babies and spouses tight. DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE."

Venus Williams Fatal Car Crash Surveillance Video Shows Impact

7/7/2017 1:20 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

2:40 PM PT -- The Barson's attorney tells us, “The video released by the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department continues to support the fact that Ms. Williams remained in the intersection at a red light, violating the Barson’s right of way. There is nothing that disputes Ms. Williams' was in the intersection on a red light, and the witnesses clearly confirm the Barsons' had a green light and lawfully entered the intersection.”Venus Williams lawfully entered the intersection where her SUV was T-boned by a Hyundai in which the passenger was killed ... this according to just-released surveillance video and new police information.

The video shows Venus' black SUV entering the intersection but slows down for a car that turned in front of her. Once the coast is clear, Venus appears to punch it to clear the intersection.

It appears Venus' light had turned red while she was waiting for the car to pass. The Hyundai then had a green light and was traveling at around 25 MPH in the intersection when it slammed into the SUV.

It's unclear, but it seems the driver of the Hyundai believed Venus would not attempt to cross since she appeared to be stopped, waiting for the other car to clear.

As we reported, the estate of the passenger who died, Jerome Barson, has sued Venus for wrongful death, claiming she was speeding and negligent.

Attorneys for Venus and the Barsons were in court Friday and agreed to share downloaded crash data from both vehicles. We're told police will gather information from Venus' SUV within the next 10 days -- police have already downloaded the Barson vehicle's data -- and both sides will share the info within 72 hours.

Both vehicles will remain in police custody until the process is complete.

Venus Williams Cops Won't Release Car Crash Surveillance Video

7/6/2017 11:06 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Venus Williams fatal car crash has gotten weird ... cops are refusing to give the widow of the man who was killed the surveillance video that captured the entire crash ... so claims the woman's legal team.

The video was shot from a security camera at a nearby gated community ... the same place Venus and her sister, Serena, live.

The footage is crucial because of the conflicting stories ... Venus says she had a green light and was traveling at only 5 MPH when she was blocked by traffic in the intersection. Linda Barson, the driver of the other car, claims Venus blew a red light and was speeding.

Barson's lawyers say they have repeatedly asked cops for a copy of the video or even just to view it. They've also filed a subpoena for the video, but they have been shut down -- although they say cops told them today, "Maybe next week."

The lawyers also asked the board at the gated community for a copy of the video but were told no. Lawyers are now in the process of attempting to subpoena the footage.

We're also told cops downloaded information from the black box in Barson's Hyundai, but did not do the same with Venus' SUV. In fact, Barson's lawyers say cops told them they tried to download the SUV's black box but were unable to and they told the tow yard they could release the vehicle to Venus ... as opposed to keeping it as evidence until they could figure out how to download the info.

Joe Jackson Rushed to Hospital After Car Crash

6/30/2017 12:36 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

1:30 PM PT -- Joe says he's out of the hospital and doing fine. As he says, he "got out of it without a scratch." However, his assistant, who was driving, broke his thumb. Joe says they're gonna do lunch at home, and "All is well. Thank God."Joe Jackson's been taken to a hospital after a car accident near the Las Vegas strip ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... Joe was a passenger in a black Jaguar when it T-boned a red SUV. MJ's father walked into a Panda Express next to the accident scene, and sat down wincing in pain ... according to witnesses.

We're told he was complaining of chest pains and paramedics took him by ambulance to a hospital.

It's unclear who was driving Joe, or if anyone else suffered injuries..

Venus Williams Blamed In Fatal Car Crash ... 78-Year-Old Man Dies

6/29/2017 10:18 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

1:40 PM PT -- Venus is now breaking her silence  ... calling the incident an "unfortunate accident" and insisting she explain what happened from her point of view.

"Ms. Williams entered the intersection on a green light," her attorney Malcolm Cunningham said. 

"The police report estimates that Ms. Williams was traveling at 5 mph when Mrs. Barson crashed into her. Authorities did not issue Ms. Williams with any citations or traffic violations."

"This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one."Venus Williams caused a car accident that sent a 78-year-old man to ICU where he died 14 days later ... according to a police report obtained by TMZ Sports.

The driver of the other car -- the wife of the victim -- told cops she was approaching an intersection westbound in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on June 9 when Venus' northbound SUV suddenly darted into the intersection. The other driver says there was no time to stop and she T-boned Venus' vehicle.

Venus told cops she was trying to make it through the intersection but there was a traffic backup and she had to slow down to a crawl, with her car exposed in the intersection.

The driver's husband, Jerome Barson, suffered head trauma and was taken to a hospital and placed in ICU. He never recovered and died 2 weeks later. Barson's wife was also taken to the hospital with broken bones and other injuries, but survived ... according to her attorney Michael Steinger.

Cops say Venus caused the accident. According to the police report, "[Venus] is at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver]."

Police say in the report there was no evidence Venus was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They also say there's no evidence she was distracted by an electronic device.

We reached out to Williams for comment -- so far, no word back.

Blac Chyna Hit from Behind Checked by Paramedics After Car Crash

6/24/2017 10:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE


Blac Chyna got rear-ended in a traffic collision and was placed in an ambulance ... while the other driver was allegedly detained by cops for a possible DUI.

Chyna was in her white Rolls-Royce in Studio City, CA around 2:30 AM Saturday morning when she got into the car accident. She was checked out by paramedics for about 45 minutes before she was released and picked up by another ride.

We're told LAPD officers detained the other driver and administered some DUI tests ... no word yet if there was an arrest.

Blac Chyna's no stranger to car accident drama ... she was sued last year for letting her friend drive her car that ended up involved in a hit-and-run.

Chris Soules Don't Call Person Who Died in Crash 'Victim'

6/16/2017 4:21 PM PDT

Former 'Bachelor' and current defendant Chris Soules wants to block the jury in his felony hit-and-run trial from hearing anyone refer to the deceased as a "victim."

TMZ broke the story ... Chris plowed into a tractor driven by a man named Kenneth Moser who died as a result of his injuries. Chris left the scene before cops arrived and he's been charged with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death.

According to new legal docs, Chris' lawyers think it would be grossly unfair to call Moser a "victim," Chris has not been charged or even ticketed for the causing the accident.

Soules' lawyers also want the judge to nix any evidence that Chris bought or consumed alcohol the day of the crash. As we reported, when cops arrived at his house shortly after the accident, he refused to come out and it took several hours to get a search warrant.

When Chris was belatedly tested his specimens were negative for drugs and alcohol.

UFC's Matt Hughes Injured In Car Crash ... Truck Hit By Train

6/16/2017 11:21 AM PDT
Breaking News

UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes was badly injured in a car accident in Illinois on Friday when a truck he was in collided with a moving train, law enforcement tells TMZ Sports

We're told the accident occurred at 10:39 AM. Law enforcement says 1 person was transported to a hospital with serious injuries. Dana White says that injured person is in fact Hughes. 

Investigators are at the crash site trying to figure out what went wrong.

White says Hughes suffered head trauma and his family is on their way out to be with him.

Hughes is a UFC Hall of Famer -- a 2-time welterweight champion who beat stars like GSP, BJ Penn and Royce Gracie. He last fought in the UFC in 2011.

Earlier this year, he mulled a comeback. 

Story developing ... 

'AGT' Contestant Dr. Rogers Died in Single Car Wreck ... 2 Others Survived

6/13/2017 2:25 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"America's Got Talent" contestant Dr. Brandon Rogers was riding in the front passenger seat of a car when it veered off the road, leading to his death ... TMZ has learned.

According to the Maryland State Troopers, officers responded around 4:30 AM Saturday for a car that had crashed into a tree. Brandon was one of 2 passengers in the vehicle, plus the driver. 

Cops say the driver walked away unscathed, but both passengers were hospitalized. As we first reported ... Brandon died Sunday from his injuries.

His audition episode on 'AGT' has yet to air, and producers are undecided on whether they'll release it on schedule next month.

Cops say they're investigating the circumstances of the crash, but we're told drugs and alcohol were not involved.

Gisele 'Taxi' Getaway Car Owner Wants It In Museum After It Saved His Life

6/12/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Gisele Bundchen's baller ride from her co-starring role in the 2004 movie, "Taxi," has a shot at history after saving its owner's life ... at least that's what the owner wants to see happen.

Gisele made her acting debut as a bank robber -- opposite Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifah -- and drove a bad ass 2003 BMW 760 Li for the role. 10 years later, Zach Schwatz from NY bought the whip for $14,500 from a production staffer. He got it with a new white paint job. 

Cut to last week, when Zach crashed his prized beamer into a tree. He suffered 2 broken feet and banged his head around, but believes it would've been way worse in a lesser ride. He's expected to make a full recovery, but the car's dunzo.

Zach wants his baby to be preserved in the Museum of the Moving Image -- instead of ending up on a scrap heap. He's contacted the museum about making the donation, but hasn't heard back yet.

Maybe they saw the movie. Just sayin' ...

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